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Standards Grades

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Select the standards to assess on each assignment. Use the Standards Grades page to enter student scores for those standards and PowerTeacher Pro automatically calculates a standards final grade for each student. 

The Standards Grades page is useful when preparing for report cards. You can display standards grades for all students for a reporting term and manually make changes. To display standards scores for a specific student, click the student's name to display the Standards Scoresheet.

Set the Standards Grades Calculations before working with standards grades.

Use the Quick Menu to navigate to other pages in Grading.

  1. On the menu bar, choose Grading, then Standards.
  2. Click a standards grade field to display the Score Inspector.
  3. To display additional standard details, click Show More.
  4. Override grades, including the calculated standards final grade, as needed. Manually changed grades are indicated by a triangle next to the grade. When changing a student's standards final grade, click Preview Grades to preview the effect of the changes on the student's final grade.
  5. Click Save.

Copy Scores and Grades

Click an assignment or score column header to copy and paste scores or grades to a different column for the same class and reporting term, or for a different class or reporting term. Each grade or score is pasted in the destination column for the appropriate student, regardless of the sort order of the list of students or how many students are in both columns.

Standards Assignment Scores

When entering assignment scores for standards, you can easily identify related standards by their gradient color. Standards within the same hierarchical structure appear as different shades of the same color. When the color changes (for example, from blue to orange), that signifies a different hierarchical standard.

Evaluate Standards Grades by Student

Tooltips are available to help you review the details of the standards you are evaluating.

  1. Select Standards Scoresheet from the Quick Menu
  2. Select the student's grade.
  3. On the Score Inspector, click the graph icon to display or hide the standards progress graph. The progress graph indicates how the student performed on the standard over time.
    The standards progress graph shows how the student has preformed on the standard over time.
  4. Click Show More to display the Student Standards Progress page.
  5. Click the gear icon to select additional metrics to graph. 

The Professional Judgment Indicator alerts you that a student's calculated grade might not align with their proficiency in the standard.

Use your professional judgment to evaluate whether or not the calculated score is a true indication of the student's level of mastery. For example, if the student was ill or had a bad test day, the last score may not be a true indicator of his skill level, so you could choose to ignore that score and change the calculated score.


In the summary section, you can review metrics information for assignment scores and final grades:

  • The mean is the mathematical average of the scores you entered.
  • The median represents the middle of all values: one-half of the scores will be above this number and one-half will be below.
  • The mode indicates the most common value.

All of these values are indicators of student performance. If any of these values are unexpectedly low, the students need additional practice on the skills and concepts being assessed, or you may need to revise the assessment.

Click the gear icon on the Scoresheet to display or hide the metrics on the page.

Determine the Standards Final Grade for the Marking Period

Using the default calculation method as a starting point and these measures work very well, but there may be instances when a different calculation is preferred.

Review the standards grades and the calculations in the summary, then determine whether the calculated grade is correct for the student's report card, or if you want to override the standard grade for that student.

The following two examples start with a calculation of the highest score for the final standards grade.

Student 1:

  • Scores: 3,3,3,4,4,4,4,4,4,4.
  • Highest = 4.
  • Final grade decision on this standard: For this student, 4 is probably a good choice for the final grade on this standard. No change or further work is needed.

Student 2:

  • Scores: 2,2,4,2,1,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2,2
  • Highest = 4.

Final grade decision on this standard: For this student, it would be good to know more about the time they got a 4. Likely, the teacher will want to change the standard final score on the report card from 4 to 2. Two is the median, mode, approximate mean, and the most recent score. With this data, 2 is likely a more accurate representation of the student's actual proficiency level on this standard than 4.

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